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Social Engineering Educator Workshop

Workshop description

Social engineering (SE) is defined as any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in his or her best interests and is the method of utilizing human behaviors to engage in cybercrime. This 6-hour virtual workshop will introduce attendees to the SE topic, tactics and persuasion techniques used, SE playbooks, and relevance to cyberattacks and cybersecurity. Attendees will also engage in safe, ethical, and fun hands-on social engineering activities in teams and then share their experiences. The workshop will end with an interactive discussion about implementing SE training and education at their respective organizations, the role of ethics in training and education, and a Q&A session with workshop organizers.

The Spring 2024 workshop took place virtually on Monday, March 4th, 2023. Our next workshop will be in Spring 2025 (exact date TBD)

Read more about our SE Educator Workshops: Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Fall 2023


Full-time educators (middle/high school and higher education institutions), age range 18+.

Please note that we are aligning ourselves with NSF’s commitment to broadening participation, which is embedded in its Strategic Plan through a variety of investment priorities related to the Learning and Stewardship strategic outcome goals. Specifically, we are expanding efforts to broaden participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions across all geographical regions.

All applicants will receive a decision by February 16th, 2024.


  1. All applicants must provide:
    1. CV/resume
    2. Brief letter of support from their supervisor/principal/Chair confirming full-time status and knowledge of the applicant’s interest in workshop participation.
      **Please do not provide an email exchange; the letter should be on institution letterhead and should only include the information requested.
  2. All educators participating in the workshop will be required to complete a workshop evaluation survey.
  3. Select Middle/High school educators selected for the workshop will be compensated for their time at the rate of $25/hour. We can compensate up to 5 high school educators.
  4. Each selected participant must also complete an audio-visual release waiver. This allows organizers to use images, audio, text, and video generated during the event for promotion and dissemination via conferences, publications, and podcasts.

This event and evaluation are considered research and are part of the education and outreach efforts of NSF Award # 2032292.


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